Burke, Thomas K. (Burkie)
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Thomas K. Burke entered into eternal life on November 11, 2012, at the age of 61, surrounded by his loving wife, Adele.
Tom was born on March 21, 1951, in Ashland, OH. He was the son of Leonard and Helen (Wheaton) Burke. After the family moved to Shorewood, WI, Tom graduated in 1969. He attended UW Oshkosh, where he received his BS Degree and met his future wife. Tom and Del were married on July 10, 1976 and celebrated 36 years of marriage.
Tom's love to his family and friends was his greatest gift. His quick wit and infectious laugh will always be remembered. He had a special bond with nature beginning with his Eagle Scout Award, which also included boating Oshkosh waterways. He was an avid Packer fan and loved to travel. Tom enjoyed his professional carrier as an independent sales rep for 35 years and was recently retired.
He was preceded in death by Leonard C. Burke (father), Timothy L. Burke (brother), Harold A. Schwertfeger (father-in-law), Mildred S. Schwertfeger (mother-in-law)
Survivors include his wife, Adele (nee Schwertfeger); his beloved dog, Jack; mother, Helen; sisters, Maureen Burke, Linda (Jim) Youngquist, Ron (Mary) Schwertfeger, Jim (Kathie) Schwertfeger; brothers-in-law, Tina (Jay) Hintze; sister-in-law; six nephews, one niece and their spouses including many relatives and dear friends.
In lieu of flowers, donation may be sent to Oshkosh Humane Society, or Thomas Burke Memorial Fund.
Funeral services for Tom will be held on Saturday November 17, 2012, at 5 p.m. in Good Shepherd Lutheran Church LCMS (2450 W. 9th). Family and friends may call at Fiss & Bills Funeral Home (865 S. Westhaven) on Friday from 4 to 7 p.m. and also at the church on Saturday from 4 p.m. until the hour of services.
Fiss & Bills-Poklasny
865 S. Westhaven
Published in Oshkosh Northwestern from Nov. 14 to Nov. 15, 2012